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Russell Byron Cate

Criminal defense Attorney at Fishers, IN

4.5   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2007
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Russell

Learn Russell’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    As a former deputy prosecuting attorney in Hamilton County I am intimately familiar with criminal law and will zealously represent your interests.

    17 years

  2. Personal injury

    15 years

  3. Litigation

    17 years

I grew up in Indianapolis and commenced my practice at a large law firm in Lafayette, Indiana representing railroad companies. I have always been drawn toward litigation and criminal law so I transitioned my practice to becoming a more litigation forcused attorney in 2008 when I took a job with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. My experience as a deputy prosecutor has led me to become extraordinarily comfortable in a courtroom setting whether the case is a civil or criminal matter.


I have extensive experience defending OWI/DUI/DWI, marijuana, drug, and major felony cases throughout Central Indiana. I have a unique perspective on these cases because I have seen them as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney.


When I am not practicing law I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf, hunting, fishing, and cooking outdoors on my Big Green Egg.


RileyCate, LLC
11 Municipal Drive
Suite 200
Fishers, IN, 46038

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Posted by Jason | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional. Thorough. The Real Deal.
Mr. Cate worked did a fantastic job in my case. He was thorough, articulate and very knowledgeable. He does not cut corners and truly works for you the client. After over a decade of due process denial, Mr. Cate won my case. He is truly working for you.
Posted by Anthony | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Changed my felon conviction
Attorney Russell Cate out of Carmel Indiana was truly a blessing for me. After countless attempts from many other attorneys who should have amateur stamp next to their names could not get done what I needed. Attorney Russell Cate got done. Other amateur attorneys told me that I could never gain my full rights back. Attorney Russell Cate high level of intelligence of the law have stamp by his name is Pro. This man is Supreme when it comes to a lawyer for hiring. I used three lawyers that failed my request and about 10 or more just simply told me to live with my conviction. Its nothing or any other lawyer can do to change the type of conviction you have. To make a long story short attorney Russell Cate got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor then expunged it. You want to win or at least deal with an attorney that will put up a knock-down, dragged-out fight for you, I truly advise you to give attorney Russell Cate a call (asap) he is extraordinary. I wish I would have met him 15 years ago truly a blessing, a man of God.
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Posted by Chris | April 24, 2016
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Helping A Senior Citizen
I hired Mr. Cate on behalf of my father. My dad had found himself in a very confusing, stressful and challenging legal situation. Mr. Cate was swift and professional in guiding us through the problem. He took time to listen, gain a full understanding and then clearly communicated how he thought it best to approach the situation. Mr. Cate effectively handled our case. I would recommend him highly.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 23, 2016
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Excellent attorney
Russell was extremely knowledgable, kind, and caring. He stayed in constant communication with me and kept me informed every step of the way. My case had the best possible outcome and I truly believe it was because of Russell's hard work and great advice. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very thorough
I was referred to Russell by an attorney friend of mine. I got a DUI in Carmel, IN in January 2015. I was up against a very strict court with a lot on the line. Russell went to bat for me. He didn't know me from Adam but he still believed in me and fought really hard for me. The law in Indiana regarding DUI's changed in January 2015, creating a big problem for me. Russell was on top of it. He worked really hard and was very thorough. There were a lot of tough decisions to make throughout the whole process. I put my faith and trust in Russell and in the end got a result better than I ever expected. I hope I never need another attorney again, but if I did, he'd be the first one I'd call.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2020
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Charged %$ 300 for bad advice
Charged me $ 300 to write a letter to Indiana Attorney General telling me that I was the victim of an illegal contract and the Attorney General would take it very serious and investigate the contractor that had sued me in court. The Attorney General immediately told me that because it had already been a court matter, they would not pursue it. Seems Cate should have known this.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • RileyCate, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Member
  • Cate Terry & Gookins LLC
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Partner
  • Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Stuart & Branigin
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2005
  • Purdue University
  • B.A.
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Indiana v. A.D.
  • Dismissal
  • State of Indiana v. K.B.
  • Reversal of Court of Appeals.
  • State of Indiana v. J.S.
  • Acquittal


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Indiana
  • Mentor
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy
  • Class II Graduate
  • 2013 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Presidential Citation for Service
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
Endorse Russell
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Friend
"Russ has distinguished himself as a top-notch attorney. He brings a strong work ethic and broad knowledge to each case. I highly endorse him."
General practice Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Whenever I get calls for cases we do not handle I refer prospective clients to Russ because he is a competent attorney that always takes care of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an attorney in MA. I retained Russell for a client in need of an IN criminal defense lawyer. I could not be more pleased with Russell's professionalism, knowledge of the law, and dedication to this case. I spoke with a few other lawyers prior to finding Russell and Russell was the only one who quickly and correctly identified the key issues and defenses. If you are a client looking for the best attorney, or a lawyer looking to refer your client, don't waste any more time and call Russell now. You will not be disappointed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Russ is highly efficient, results oriented, knowledgeable, and extremely ethical. He is a practical and down to earth person with the wisdom to guide his clients toward long term success. I wouldn't hesitate to refer a family member to him."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Russell has represented clients on both sides of the law as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney and as a liability defense and plaintiff's personal injury attorney. He has a remarkable legal mind and ability to identify the crux of any case. In the years I have known him he has grown to become a valued advisor to business men and women and to vigorously represent their best interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Russell is a true professional that works for one of Hamilton County's best known firms."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Russ since we went to law school together. He is always a great professional and serves his clients well. I wouldn't hesitate to send anyone his way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Russell since his days as a prosecutor in Hamilton County, Indiana. As a prosecutor, and now as a defense attorney, Russell was always prepared and respected by the courts. Russell is an excellent choice if looking for representation in a criminal matter."
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Fishers Criminal defense Lawyer Russell Byron Cate
Russell Byron Cate
Criminal defense Attorney
Fishers, IN
Licensed for 16 years